|Published : 12 Apr 2017, 21:56:13|
ICC names Bashar among eight ambassadors for Champions Trophy
DUBAI, April 12 (IANS): With exactly 50 days to go for the 2017 Champions Trophy, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday unveiled the eight champion ambassadors for the tournament to be staged at three iconic venues in England and Wales from June 1 to 18.
Former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar Sumon has been announced as champion ambassador from Bangladesh.
Other seven ambassadors include Harbhajan Singh from India, Kumar Sangakara from Sri Lanka, Shahid Afridi from Pakistan, Graeme Smith from South Africa, Ian Bell from England, Mike Hussey from Australia and Shane Bond from New Zealand.
The eight ambassadors between them have played 1,774 One-Day Internationals (ODI), scoring 51,906 runs with 48 centuries, and taking 838 wickets.
The ambassadors will be involved in the ICC Champions Trophy Nissan Trophy Tour and will also make appearances in the United Kingdom as part of an inspiring programme aimed at providing school children with an opportunity to meet and play with a legend at the Cricket For Good coaching clinics.
After unveiling the eight legends, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "With 50 days to go to the Champions Trophy, we are delighted to announce these eight outstanding cricketers as our champion ambassadors. The programme will connect these greats of the game with a new generation of fans and players through our Cricket For Good project and leave a real lasting legacy for the sport." "The team will also bring great insight and expertise to fans via the ICC website and I'm sure we will all enjoy reading their analysis and opinions on 15 games during the Champions Trophy."
Habibul Bashar, who captained Bangladesh in the ICC Champions Trophy 2006, said, "It's a matter of great pride for me to be appointed as one of the Ambassadors for this year's ICC Champions Trophy. Not many things can give you more satisfaction than promoting an ICC event, that too one in which the top eight sides will be fighting for top honours. I eagerly await my role and also look forward to penning my thoughts, which I feel is a great opportunity for me”.
"It's more than a decade since Bangladesh played in this tournament and I'm really looking forward to the event because Bangladesh is now a side that can beat top teams on a regular basis. The nice blend of youth and experience makes it a very balanced side.”